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Allegro unrolls dual full-bridge PWM motor driver

Posted: 08 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Allegro? A3969? PWM? motor driver? stepper motor?

Allegro MicroSystems Inc. has rolled out the A3969, a new dual full-bridge pulse-width modulated (PWM) motor driver designed to drive both windings of a two-phase bipolar stepper motor. The device includes two H-bridges capable of continuous output currents of 650mA and operating voltages to 30V. Motor winding current can be controlled by the internal fixed-frequency, PWM, current-control circuitry. The peak load current limit is set by the user's selection of a reference voltage and current-sensing resistors.

The A3969 is supplied in a 28-pin quad MLP/QFN Pb-free plastic package with exposed thermal pad and 100 percent matte tin leadframe plating. It has a 5-by-5mm footprint and 0.90mm nominal height.

The fixed-frequency pulse duration is set by a user-selected external RC timing network. The capacitor in the RC timing network also determines a user selectable blanking window that prevents false triggering of the PWM current control circuitry during switching transitions.

To reduce on-chip power dissipation, the H-bridge power outputs have been optimized for low saturation voltages. The sink drivers feature Allegro's patented Satlington output structure. The Satlington outputs combine the low voltage drop of a saturated transistor and the high peak current capability of a Darlington.

For each bridge, a PHASE input controls load-current polarity by selecting the appropriate source and sink driver pair. For each bridge, an ENABLE input, when held high, disables the output drivers. Special power-up sequencing is not required. Internal circuit protection includes thermal shutdown with hysteresis, ground-clamp and fly back diodes, and crossover-current protection.

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